Nigeria, Saudi Arabia resume joint cargo flights in fight for $6 trillion market

The Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Festus Keyamo, has revealed that cargo flight operations between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia will resume after years of inactivity.

Keyamo announced this via a post on its official X account (formerly Twitter) on Tuesday.

The Minister of Aviation noted that he discussed the resumption of cargo flight operations with Saleh Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistics of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Monday, on the sidelines of the ongoing Future Aviation Forum (FAF) in Riyadh , Saudi Arabia. .

The publication further stated that both sides agreed to resume cargo operations between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, and focal persons were appointed to determine the modalities.

Air cargo moves more than $6 trillion worth of goods, representing approximately 35% of global trade in value, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

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Nigeria and Saudi Arabia are considering a small part of this great global largesse.

“Yesterday, on the sidelines of the ongoing Future Aviation Forum (FAF) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, I met with my counterparts from the State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“With the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the discussion was about the resumption of cargo flight operations between both countries that had been in a coma over the years. “Both parties agreed to resume operations and designated focal persons to work out the modalities,” the post read in part.

Keyamo’s post on They discussed the implementation of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) and other mutual interests.

The Minister of Aviation has repeatedly emphasized that one of his main objectives is to review and ensure compliance with Nigeria’s BASA agreements, as unfavorable agreements have negatively impacted the Nigerian aviation sector.

What you should know

Recent developments have shown positive progress in Nigeria’s aviation sector, particularly its relations with the Middle East, despite previous challenges.

A significant development was the announcement by Adnan Kazim, Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Airline, who confirmed the resumption of the airline’s services to Nigeria on October 1, 2024.

In October 2022, Emirates Airline had suspended flight operations to Nigeria due to its inability to repatriate funds trapped in the country.

The planned resumption of Emirates Airline services to Nigeria is largely attributed to President Bola Tinubu’s diplomatic visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in October 2023.

During this visit, the President of Nigeria reached an agreement with the President of the United Arab Emirates to lift the visa ban on Nigerians and resume flights between the two countries.